Divers Institute of Technology

Established 1968 – Veteran Owned & Operated

Careers

Commercial diving is a career like no other. Divers Institute of Technology has been continuously training  divers since 1968. Our faculty and curriculum are respected throughout the industry, with DIT graduates working all over the globe. Our program trains divers to excel throughout the commercial diving industry, from the offshore petroleum production to inland underwater construction, nuclear power diving and any other area divers may be employed.

*DIT Job Placement Rates are verified by third-party with total employed out of total graduates available for employment each year.*

Offshore Commercial divers are often in the field 300 days a year, working a few weeks or months at a time. Divers work on sub-sea construction, pipelines, oil rigs, NDT, inspections, and salvage. DIT’s international certification from the DCBC (Divers Certification Board of Canada) allows our graduates to work globally, from Singapore to the Congo, and places in between.

Inland divers inspect and maintain the infrastructure of piers, dams, bridges, irrigation systems, and water tanks throughout the U.S., including the cooling ponds of the nuclear industry.

Diving requires a unique skill set, and the industry promotes from within, which provides an endless opportunity for advancement. As long as you maintain good health and physical fitness, you can dive well into your 50’s: the industry will take you as far as you want to go.

Overseas, underwater and on the move, the one place you’ll never find yourself is stuck behind a desk.

Offshore

This part of the commercial diving industry is where most DIT graduates begin their careers.  The term offshore refers to the fact that the work takes place on vessels and platforms in the open ocean or Offshore throughout the globe.

The offshore industry is very challenging, diverse and exciting.  The major part of this work is accomplished in support of the oil and gas industry, but also includes major salvage operations and subsea construction.  Some of the busiest waters in the world can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, the North Sea, Southeast Asia and West Africa.  The DCBC certification allows DIT grads to travel and work around the globe.

Divers are tasked with maintenance, repair installation and removal of abandoned oil related structures and salvage operations.  Skills employed to complete this work include rigging, underwater welding and burning, using hydraulic tools sets including guillotine and diamond wire saws.  Many of these dives are done in conjunction with underwater robotics called Remotely Controlled Vehicles (ROVs).

Inland

The inland industry is varied, interesting and requires a “Jack-of-all-Trades” approach.  The work is conducted in the rivers, lakes and coastal waters of a nation and can also be done in nuclear power and hydrodynamic power plants and potable water systems.  The projects can be a diverse as the geography they cover.

This part of the commercial diving industry is highly diverse and required a “Can Do” attitude regardless the challenge presented.  Divers can be tasked with underwater construction, in water inspections including the use of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) procedures, pier and pile installation and repair to ship’s husbandry and dam and bridge work. Due to the varied work and remote locations the divers have to be able to improvise and use all their skills to complete the tasks.

Inland divers travel throughout the country and often internationally to complete assignments.  Most of the diving is done in fresh water.  Low visibility, high currents and travel from location to location all are part of the inland diver’s day.

Hazmat

Hazmat diving is highly technical, requires special equipment and is all about maintaining control in highly hazardous environments while completing the task assigned. This work requires special advanced certifications and specialized training.

Hazmat diving tackles work in the nuclear and hydrodynamic plants, industrial plants and chemical manufacturing areas and is employed when working underwater with bio-hazards. The divers are often tasked with the containment, clean up and disposal of hazardous materials and most often requires specialized diving equipment that fully protects the diver from waterborne elements.

Salvage

This is one of the most exciting aspects of diving as it makes one think of “sunken treasure”. Salvage diving presents several unique challenges. Divers salvage ships and their cargos, aircraft and other vehicles and structures that have fallen or sunk in the water. Any body of water can provide a salvage job!

Salvage diving work is associated with the recovery of anything lost in the water. Two of the most important salvages from this century are the USS Hunley a Civil War submarine that carried out the first successful underwater attack in Charleston, SC Harbor, and the re-floating of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Isoola del Giglio , Italy.

Saturation

Saturation Diving is a technique used or employed for deeper and long term diving projects. The diver lives in a pressurized environment onboard the working ship. When required to go to work they are lowered to the jobsite in a pressurized diving bell.
Saturation (SAT) diving work is a small community of highly skilled and trained divers with a significant amount of industry experience. When required to go to work they are lowered to the jobsite in a pressurized diving bell. Saturation diving is used primarily in the offshore sector and has been used in deep salvage work as in the case of the the Russian Submarine Kursk.